Friends of Eptek hosting event on Oct. 19
SUMMERSIDE — It’s not every day that a future king is christened.
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Pauline Deighan, left, Rosemary Cantin and Estelle Dalton, members of the Friends of Eptek, are getting ready for the group’s Christening Tea, which will celebrate the Oct. 23 christening of Prince George while raising money for the Friends’ work in support of the Eptek Art and Culture Centre.
That’s why the Friends of Eptek plan to mark the occasion with a celebratory tea, a royal affair set for Eptek Art and Culture Centre on Oct. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Already, volunteers are decorating the centre, laying out antique christening gowns, hanging the Union Jack and putting together mementoes, photos and videos and various other items chronicling royal births of the last century.
“We had the Royal Wedding Tea and decided to have the Royal Christening Tea,” said Estelle Dalton with the Friends of Eptek. “We have a display of vintage christening gowns, quite a large number, that came from the artifactory in Charlottetown and a couple of them from Rosemary Cantin. Also, we have two bassinets with dolls to represent the baby.”
Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be christened on Oct. 23 at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will perform the christening.
The prince, the first child of William and Catherine, was born July 22 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, and is heir to the British throne, third in line behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father.
The last royal baby to be christened in the Chapel Royal was Princess Beatrice in 1988. In 1997, the chapel was where the coffin of Prince William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, lay before her funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Dalton said the group’s Royal Wedding Tea, held to mark the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was a resounding success, selling out all 125 tickets and raising quite a bit of money for the Friends’ work in support of the centre.
During the christening tea, a video, “Royal Babies Through the Ages,” will play.
“This christening is different because William and Kate are more approachable and more like the average person, compared to the rest of the royal family,” said Dalton. “It’s the first time ever that there has been a royal shower. Pippa, she had a shower for Kate. And we do have a large number of royal watchers.”
Those attending the tea are encouraged to wear their Sunday best, including hats, gloves, garden dresses and fascinators.
The usual high-tea fare, including chicken, cucumber and cream cheese and cherry sandwiches without the crusts, scones, clotted cream, jam and an assortment of sweets.
Tea is served from delicate china teapots into ornate china cups onto tables with fine lines and completed with carnations in red, white and blue, the colours of the British family.
“We are well known at Eptek for making our tea. We go above and beyond,” said Dalton. “It’s a nice afternoon to spend with family or friends.”
Tickets are $15 each and available by contacting the Eptek Art and Culture Centre.